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Cross Lighting

The cross lighting ceremony is another example of how the national media distorts the Klan image. They purposely use the word “burn” because of the negative image that is conjured up in the minds of many people. To them it is a desecration, a desire to destroy the cross. And any attempt by hoodlums to use the lighted cross as a symbol of hate or a threat is strictly NOT advocated by The Knights. These acts are cowardly and counter productive and are usually the actions of folks who watch too much late night television or Hollywood movies. Serious patriotic men and women never lower themselves to use the sacred cross in such a manner!
And we should also point out that often “cross burnings” or other types of threatening actions including graffiti are often the acts of disturbed blacks, Asians, non-white Hispanics, homosexuals, or Jews who use the publicity for fund raising, to bolster sought after legislation, or even insurance scams!
The Knights definitely does not burn the cross, but we do light the cross. The lighted cross of The Knights is no different than the average church that has a lighted cross either on top or in front of their church building. The light of the cross symbolizes the Light of Christ dispelling darkness and ignorance. It is the fire of the cross that reminds us of the cleansing “fire” of Christ that cleanses evil from our land.
The fiery cross is a symbol that has long been popular with the Christian faith, for example the Methodist denomination uses the fiery cross as their symbol.
In fact, it is because the founder of the Klan of the 1920’s was a Methodist minister that the Klan adopted the practice. The lighted cross was not used until that time and was most certainly NOT used during the reconstruction period following the civil war!
We don’t burn the cross, we Light the cross. We recognize that Christ is the light of the world.
The lighted cross is a symbol of freedom – freedom from sin – freedom from tyranny. When a Klansman or Klanswoman participates in a cross lighting ceremony they are making a public declaration to Jesus Christ of their continued commitment to the Christian faith.